Enameling is the art of applying a glass coating to a metal surface. Learn the basics of preparing the metal surfaces, applying the glass powder and firing. We will explore some basic techniques to allow you to create a beautiful bracelet. This is part of a series of samplers that will continue through the year exploring the various enameling techniques and applications.
Samplers are designed to tease you with a quick introduction to jewelry making. These classes are held at various times throughout the week and are three and a half hours long. No prior experience or training is needed to attend. While the curriculum is designed for the novice, anyone interested in refining their enameling techniques could benefit from these classes. Samplers do not need to be taken in a specific order.
- 3.5 hour class period
- Enrollment: 2 to 6 students
- Experience required: None
- All materials and safety equipment included
- Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
Sgaffito Technique: Students will create a pendant with the sgaffito technique. This technique applies thin layers of enamel then uses a tool to disrupt the surface prior to firing.
Stenciling Technique: Students will create a pendant with the stenciling technique. This technique applies thin layers of enamel through prepared stencils to create designs.
Wet Charging Technique: Students will create a pendant with the wet charging techniques. This technique uses tools to apply thin layers of wet enamel onto the surface.
Champleve Technique: Students will create a pendant with the champleve technique. This technique uses various metal forming techniques to create recesses in the surface of the metal for the enamel to fill.
Basse Taille Technique: Students will create a pendant with basse taille technique. This technique uses transparent enamels, allowing the metal base and pattern to be seen through the enamel.
Raku Technique: Students will create a pendant using the raku technique. This technique will bring the iridescence out of the enamels in a reduction atmosphere.